When it comes to working in an office environment, it should be safe to assume everyone will be as professional as possible. After all, we are not children, we are adults. We should know how to handle our grievances as such. The childish and juvenile things we did as kids and teens should not follow us later in life, especially in the workplace. But unfortunately, some offices do not function well, and the immature — and borderline illegal — behavior that goes on can make it difficult for some people be productive. One of the worst scenarios for an adult to deal with is working in a hostile work environment. It is uncomfortable, and in some cases a threat to your safety. No one should have to deal with that, and that is why Rager Law Firm handles so many hostile work environment cases in Los Angeles.
WHAT IS A HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT?
A hostile work environment occurs when harassment has reached a level where: A) The person(s) enduring it feel like it has now become a condition of continued employment i.e. it is normal or accepted behavior or B) The behavior is so pervasive or severe that the target(s) feels intimidated.
SIGNS OF A HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT
Contrary to popular belief, having a bad boss or annoying co-worker does not necessarily constitute a hostile work environment. In order for the workplace to be considered hostile, there has to be certain legal criteria fulfilled. This would mean the actions or behavior discriminate against a certain class of people based on age, race, gender, or religion among others.
The communication or behavior has to persist for a period of time, not just an offensive or off-color comment made by a staff member. All incidents should be reported to Human Resources promptly so there is a record. The problem becomes significant if it occurs over a period of time and is not addressed by the organization itself. The hostile behavior must be severe. It has to hinder the employee’s ability to do their job.
It is assumed the employer knew about the behavior and did not address it. In this case, the employer can be held liable for creating a hostile work environment.
The first thing to do in dealing with a hostile work environment is to tell the employee exhibiting the behavior to stop. It is best to get human resources involved, as they can serve as a witness to your displeasure of the behavior. In severe cases, and if you have enough cause, obtaining a hostile work environment attorney in Los Angeles may be your only solution.
Rager Law Firm has handled numerous hostile work environment cases and we have yielded excellent results for our clients. Give us a call today if you find yourself in a similar situation. Our attorneys are some of the best hostile work employment attorneys in Los Angeles, and we will be more than willing to consult you so you know what steps we need to take to get you the compensation you deserve.
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